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Haleigh Poutre Update

Several months after the state of Massachusetts wanted to kill Haleigh Poutre, she is doing well and responding to therapy:

Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Haleigh Poutre was the victim of child abuse and was nearly killed via euthanasia when Massachusetts officials gave up on her after she entered a coma. Now Poutre, once termed "brain dead" by doctors, continues to improve and is speaking a few words, her grandmother says.

Sandra Sudyka, the girl's biological grandmother, is no longer allowed to visit her granddaughter and now says she is ready to speak to the media about Poutre's condition.

She told The Republican newspaper that she last saw Poutre on July 18 but indicated she was "doing well."

"She was bright-eyed and smiling. She is always responsive to us," Sudyka explained.

Now her biological mother is suing the Massachusetts Department of Social Services for the right to see her daughter after it suspended her visits.

BOSTON -- The biological mother of a girl who authorities say was beaten into a coma by her adoptive mother and stepfather asked a judge Tuesday to resume her hospital visits, which were stopped by the state.


Attorneys for Allison Avrett argued the Department of Social Services never explained why she was barred her from seeing her 12-year old daughter in late July other than to say they were suspended "for the needs of the child."

What did Massachusetts officials think were Haleigh's needs earlier this year? Death. The bureaucrats in the Massachusetts DSS are the last people who should have the right to determine what's best for her.

Avrett sued the agency two weeks ago, seeking documentation regarding Haleigh Poutre's current care at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston for a severe brain injury.

Haleigh was at the center of a right-to-die case last year before she began to show improvement.

Sarah Joss, a lawyer for the Department of Social Services, said one of the reasons visitation should not be resumed is that a juvenile court has already ruled that Avrett has no legal rights in the case.

The judge did not immediately rule.

Avrett's lawsuit also seeks information about the adoption. Avrett, who lives in Agawam, gave up her parental rights when she let her sister, Holli Strickland and her husband, Jason Strickland, adopt the girl. Avrett has said she felt pressured by a social worker who said the agency would take Avrett's then-unborn child unless she agreed to the adoption.

One of Avrett's lawyers, Wendy Murphy, argued in court that the entire adoption process should be void because Avrett and Haleigh were residents of Virginia at the time and Massachusetts had no jurisdiction over the matter. That issue will not be decided in this case.

At this point the only person who appears to be looking out for Haleigh is her biological mother, Allison Avrett. Her adoptive mother, now dead, was accused of abusing her. Her adoptive father is on trial for giving her the severe beating that put her in this situation. And the state of Massachusetts can't be trusted - these are the folks who tried to kill her to begin with.

Haleigh was originally taken from her biological mother under false pretenses when her boyfriend was falsely accused of sexually abusing Haleigh. Nonetheless, Haleigh was never given back to her mom. The state of Massachusetts screwed up terribly from the very beginning of this case. It can start fixing this mess by giving Haleigh back to her biological mother.


Comments (9)

That has to be one of the m... (Below threshold)
jdubious:

That has to be one of the most ghoulish episodes i've ever read about.

That is a sick, sick state agency, right there, trying to cover up its ineptitude at any cost. Nauseating.

Yep, and Democrats want bur... (Below threshold)
kbiel:

Yep, and Democrats want bureaucrats like those at the Mass. DSS to run our health care system too.

Goverment ineptness carried... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Goverment ineptness carried to its lowest point.
When the goverment can take a child from it's biological mother because they deem her to be unfit and then hand the child over to adoptive parents who then attempt to kill the child.
To a goverment agency that deems the child in a brain dead vegatative state and says she needs to be euthanized.
They have absolute faith in the goverment and none in the citizens its supposed to serve, not rule with the ultimate power to kill.
They are the example everyone needs to see so as to know how not to run a goverment organization.

The state had to prove it's... (Below threshold)
Jason:

The state had to prove it's case to a judge in a court of law with mother, father and child having lawyers representing them. Not only proving the child was at risk with her bio parents, but that the mother and father were unfit. The "adoptive parents" were the child's aunt and uncle. Four MDs (not govt employees) deemed her "brain dead" and beyond hope of recovery not "the state". Stinks when the facts don't fit your bias doesn't it?

Poor Haleigh. I wouldn't wa... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

Poor Haleigh. I wouldn't want to give her back to the biological Mom. What if the boyfriend did sexually abuse her? There are too many questions about the Mom's fitness as a parent. Why would she give her up so easily to go live with the boyfriend? Haleigh deserves someone who genuinely cares about her to take care of her. This poor child's whole life has been filled with nothing but misery and abuse. DSS failed her miserably, seems the school system failed her: no one helped her. Such a tragic story.

haleigh was my friend i hop... (Below threshold)
julia:

haleigh was my friend i hope she is doing well and i dont think that they should give haleigh back to her biologic mom cuz he could have really sexualy abused her

I THINK PEOPLE REALLY AUGHT... (Below threshold)
MARIA:

I THINK PEOPLE REALLY AUGHT TO THINK BEFORE THEY SPEAK FIRST SCHOOLS, DSS AND OTHER AGENCIES SPEAK TO CHILDREN WITHOUT A BIAS REPRESETATIVE THEY LITERALLY TELL THE CHILD WHAT TO SAY. MOST ABUSED CHILDREN WILL TELL SOMEONE USUALLY A FRIEND OF THERE'S YOU STILL NEED TO BE CAREFUL ON WHAT TO BELIEVE. GO IN YOUR SCHOOL, THERAPY SESSION, OR A NURSES OFFICE UNANNOUNCED NUMBER ONE IT'S LIKE GOING INTO FORT KNOX SECOND EVEN MY CHILDREN COME HOME AND SAY THINGS LIKE THE SCHOOL ASKED IF WE HAVE MONEY BECAUSE MY PANTS HAD A HOLE IT IT. OR MY TEACHER SAID IS SOMEONE HURTING YOU , YOU ARE SO FIGITY ALL THE TIME I CAN HELP YOU , YOU CAN TELL ME. RIGHT THERE THE CHILD THINKS HEY I CAN GET OUT OF BEING GROUNDED IF I SAY YES. DSS FAILS ALOT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE THEY ARE HUMAN HOW DO THEY KNOW WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN A HOME THEY CAN ONLY GUESS AND ALOT OF TIMES IT WILL BE WRONG THIS CAN DESTROY A FAMILY, IT CAN DESTROY THE TRUST, THAT FAMILY SHOULD HAVE. READ HOW MANY KIDS ARE OUT OF CONTROL IS THIS ALL THE PARENTS FAULT OR ARE PARENT SO AFRAID OF OUR GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CAN'T PROPERLY DISCIPLINE ANYMORE, I AM AGAINST HITTING BUT GROUNDING TIME OUTS THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT MOST OF US WANT OUR CHILDREN SAFE. I HAVE ALOT TO SAY BECAUSE I ALONG WITH ALOT OF OTHER FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WRONGLY ACCUSED, 90 PERCENT SCHOOLS AND PEOPLE THAT JUST DON'T KNOW. SO I SAY UNLESS YOU SEE IT YOURSELF MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. AND DON'T LET A SCHOOL, DR., NURSE OR ANYONE THREATEN YOU WITH DSS CALL YOURSELF SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. SOME DSS WORKERS DO KNOW THAT KIDS HAVE THE UPPER HAND SOME ARE JUST IN IT FOR THE CHECK.

Hello, I would like to know... (Below threshold)
Rosa:

Hello, I would like to know how is Haleigh Poutre today. THis week was her birthday, she is 13 years old now. Best wishes to her.
I would like to know about her.

Rosa

I have read all the article... (Below threshold)
Marylou:

I have read all the articles about Haleigh, and have not seen anything recent anywhere. In Oct '06 I had the pleasure of rooming with Haleigh for 3 weeks with my daughter that was at Franciscan's for rehab due to a car accident.
I didn't even put 2 and 2 together until 3 days before we left, that Haleigh was "Haleigh."
I don't know medically how she is doing because that info is kept confidential, but I can tell you what I saw and felt.
Haleigh loves the color purple! Most of her clothes are purple and will let you know she agrees she has the most clothes in the hospital when asked. She is very sweet, and affectionate, and her favorite thing is pat-a-cake. I helped her a few times if she dropped one of her stuffed animals, or wanted the tv channel changed, and she would raise her hand to have me play it with her. (She just slaps ur hand and makes noises to say the words the best she can) She is loved and very well cared for by the staff. She gets baths and shampoos daily, goes to classes on weekdays, and is learning to do things like what to do next to get dressed and brush her teeth etc. The Occupational therapist helps her with that, and I could hear them ask her "what's next" and she would tell them. I couldn't understand a lot of what she said because I was only with her a minimal amount of time over those three weeks, but the staff clearly knew what she wanted when she expressed it to them. When I thought she may want the TV on or the channel changed, I would ask her and she would let me know with what I did understand to be a yes or a no. She has a CD player near her bed and has a selection of her own CD's to listen to. She is fed by mouth as well as a feeding tube to make sure she gets everything she needs. She is a very cute girl, and I cried when I saw the pics of her before her injuries. During the time I was there, she was taught to use an electric wheel chair and loved it. I told her how well she was doing and if she thought she was cool now and she laughed a little and said ya. The second week we were there I took my daughter home for a few hours to go to a benefit that was being held for her. Before we went back to Franciscan's, we stopped and bought Haileigh a purple carebear with a carebear CD. She hugged that carebear and slept with it most every night, and let the nurse that helped her open it know that she wanted to play it in the activities room for all the kids to watch.
As far as the quality of life she will regain, it's hard to say, but she definately is making progress, and did so just in the 3 weeks I saw her each day.
Marylou




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